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Erie Otters Even the Series
MARCH 28, 2015


Courtesy of Sarnia Sting
 


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ERIE, PA – It was a battle from start to finish but the Sarnia Sting fell 3 - 1 against the CHL’s 5th ranked team on Friday night in front of 4,682 fans at the Erie Insurance Arena.

Despite stealing home-ice advantage from McDavid and the Otters, the road trip came with a bitter end tonight as the Sting couldn’t find a way to beat goaltender Devin Williams until the third period. Both netminders were solid in goal as Dupuis turned aside 26 shots in the loss, and Williams, 24 in the win. Williams was named the game's third star.

Similar to Thursday night’s game, a lack of scoring was the story after 20 minutes of play. The lone excitement in period one came when ’97-born winger Noah Bushnell and Otters OA defenceman, Cory Genovese squared off in the first fight of the series.

After being held to only one assist in Game 1, World Junior gold medalist Connor McDavid was the difference for the Otters tonight, tallying one goal and one assist, ultimately being named the game’s second star.

Following yet another scoreless opening frame, it was the Otters Captain who got his team on the board first. After cutting to the front of the net on his backhand, McDavid’s shot caromed off a Sarnia Sting defender and found its way across the goal line. Debrincat and Elie were credited with the assists on the goal scored at 4:56 of period two.

The Otters came on strong after the McDavid goal, scoring all three of their goals within a span of 10:00 in the second period.

At 11:12 of period two, Remi Elie increased the margin for Erie; scoring on a shot that was deflected by the stick of Jeff King. Marchment and Taylor Raddysh drew the assists on Elie’s second of the series. Elie was named the game's first star.

The Otters’ third and final goal was scored on the powerplay as Nicholas Baptiste made no mistake, wiring home a slap-shot from the slot. McDavid and Strome were handed the helpers.

Early on in the final frame, it looked like the Sting were making a push as they got on the board just 3:49 into the period. Letowski, juggling his lines to try and get something going, reunited Nikita Korostelev with Zacha and Kyrou. The tandem cashed in for Sarnia’s lone goal. Spinozzi and Kyrou were credited with the assists.

Despite a number of great chances with the goalie pulled, the Sting failed to complete the comeback and the series is tied at 1 - 1.

Game 3 is slated for Sunday night at the RBC Centre in Sarnia. The puck drops at 7:05 for what is sure to be an interesting contest.

Tickets for Games 3 & 4 are still available while quantities last. The Box Office will be open Saturday from 9-5PM and Sunday starting at 9AM. Tickets can be purchase tickets online at www.sarniasting.com or stop by the Box Office, or call (519) 541-1717.

STING NOTES:

•Dupuis had another solid effort in goal, turning aside 26 of the 29 shots he faced.

•Nikita Korostelev, the Sting’s regular season leading scorer, buried his first career OHL Playoff goal in the loss.

•The Sting were zero for four with the extra attacker, while the Otters finished one for seven.

•Not in uniform for the Sting: Jakob Chychrun, Connor Schlichting, Brandon Lindberg, Matteo Ciccarelli, Josh De Farias, Franco Sproviero, Brenden Trottier, Chase Campbell

•Defenceman, Darren Raddysh left the game for the Otters in the third and did not return.

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